Coppers roll in for mother’s Coppers for Cancer appeal

Embroidery teacher Ruth Chamberlain is organising an exhibition of her students' work in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust
Embroidery teacher Ruth Chamberlain is organising an exhibition of her students' work in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Coppers have continued to roll in steadily for a mother’s appeal to raise money in memory of her teenage daughter.

Sue Spires launched her Coppers for Cancer appeal in 2010 to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The campaign was launched in memory of Sue’s daughter Becky, who died in 2008 aged 18.

She spent time being cared for at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University College London during the year when she battled synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer which affected the soft tissue in her face.

Sue, of Northumberland Avenue, Stamford, didn’t want to ask people for big donations but knew that a few coppers would soon add up to a big sum of cash.

She presented her first cheque for £5,000 to the trust’s East Anglia regional fundraising executive Laura Woodcock at the end of 2011 but last year the fundraising dropped off as Sue moved house.

This week she collected a huge bucket of coins from the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Stamford, before we relocate to our new premises in Cherryholt Road.

The family are also hoping to hold a big fundraising event in the summer.

Sue, who works at Superdrug in High Street, Stamford, said: “It has dropped off a bit but people are still bringing bags of coins into me at work.

“And it’s great to see the bucket here so full.

“It is really nice of people to donate and we would like to thank everyone who has donated since we launched the campaign.”

Sue, who launched the appeal with her daughters Natalie Spires and Leah Hydes, said so far the appeal has raised close to £10,000.

Since the campaign was launched Peterborough City Hospital has been named as a teenage and young adults cancer treatment-designated hospital, meaning patients like Becky would not have to travel to London.

Sue said she was delighted this had happened and said she hoped it was making a big difference to the lives of young cancer patients.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a bucket for Coppers for Cancer at our new premises in Cherryholt Road, but people can still continue donating in the purple boxes at shops in the town.

And Sue is happy to collect cash from people, no matter how small an amount.

To arrange this call Sue on 07746588510.